California regulator criticizes utility over power outages


Last updated 10/16/2019 at Noon

In this July 23, file photo, Marybel Batjer, of the California Public Utilities Commission, speaks during a news conference as Gov. Gavin Newsom looks on in Sacramento. California's utility regulator is issuing a series of sanctions against Pacific Gas and Electric for what it calls "failures in execution" during the largest planned power shut-off in state history to avoid wildfires. Batjer says the utility needs to have a goal of restoring power within 12 hours instead of its current 48 hours, Monday, Oct. 14, minimize the scale of future outages and better communicate with the public and local officials. AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

Juliet Williams

The Associated Press

California's top utility regulator blasted Pacific Gas and Electric Monday, Oct. 14, for what she called "failures in execution" during the largest planned power outage in state history to avoid wildfires that she said, "created an unacceptable situation that should never be repeated."

The agency ordered a series of corrective actions, including a goal of restoring power within 12 hours, not the utility's current 48-hour goal.

"The scope, scale, complexity and overall impact to people's lives, businesses and the economy of this action cannot be underst...

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